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Wyoming Tribal Casino Adds Machines, Tables

23 September 2005

LANDER, Wyoming – As reported by the Jackson Hole Star Tribune: "Higher-stakes gambling machines and blackjack tables could be installed in the Northern Arapaho Tribe's existing bingo parlor near Riverton within 60 days, the Wind River Casino's chief executive officer said.

"A day after the U.S. Interior Department gave the tribe permission to offer some Las Vegas-style games on the Wind River Indian Reservation, officials offered some details Thursday on their plans for expanded gambling.

"Casino CEO Jim Conrad said the agreement signed Wednesday was based on previous talks between the tribe and the state of Wyoming and allowed only a limited range of Class III games. But he said the tribe would seek an amendment, based on a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, to allow all Class III games.

"…Conrad said the current facility, formerly known as 789 Bingo, would probably house between 300 and 400 Class III machines. They'll start with three blackjack tables, then add more table games as dealers are trained and as the market demands.

"The tribe also has plans for a $10.3 million casino that Conrad said would probably hold 600 to 700 machines and expanded table offerings…"

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